Former Deputy Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Thursday urged the management of the organized Labour in Nigeria to mobilise and shut down the nation in response to the astronomical hike in gas value and electrical energy tariff by the Federal Authorities.
In a press release issued and despatched to DAILY POST on Thursday in Abuja, he additionally known as on the Nationwide Meeting to urgently reconvene and communicate on behalf of Nigerians who elected them similar to the seventh Nationwide Meeting did in 2012 when gas was elevated from N65.00 to N140.00 by the administration of ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, in January 2012.
Frank strongly condemned the rise within the value of petrol from N148.50 to N151.56 per litre by the Pipeline Merchandise Advertising and marketing Firm (PPMC) and electrical energy tariff from N22.00 to N66.00 per kilowatt by the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC).
He known as on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Commerce Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Union of Lecturers (NUT), Nationwide Union of Petroleum and Pure Fuel Employees (NUPENG), Petroleum and Pure Fuel Senior Workers Affiliation of Nigerian (PENGASSAN), Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Nigerian Median Affiliation (NMA), Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) and different Civil Society Group (CSOs), to stand up and defend the weak, poor and helpless plenty within the face of this large and insufferable onslaught towards their very being.
“The NLC has rejected the evil value enhance by a press release, it’s now time for the Ayuba Wabba management of the Union to match their phrases with motion on the streets similar to ex-NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, did in collaboration with the Change Nigeria Group (CNG) in 2012,” Frank stated.
He stated that the gas value and electrical energy tariff enhance are most untenable particularly at a interval when crude oil costs have plummeted internationally and whereas majority of Nigerians who should not metered are languishing beneath the yoke of estimated billing respectively.
“The motion of the Federal Authorities in mountain climbing the costs of necessities items and providers, like gas and electrical energy, is tantamount to eradicating financial ventilators from majority of Nigerians on life assist resulting from COV-poverty.
“That is manifestly anti-God, anti-people, unacceptable, provocative, oppressive, insensitive, depraved, satanic and a complete negation of the social contract between a folks and its Authorities,” Frank declared.
In accordance with him, because the major perform of Authorities is to hunt the welfare and safety of its residents, the Federal Authorities should as a matter of urgency enhance the nation’s minimal wage to N100,000.00 to mitigate its induced rise in the price of dwelling.
He known as on the Main Gen. Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to urgently reverse the will increase in addition to scale back its over- bloated price of governance by 50 per cent so as to preserve scarce sources.
The Bayelsa-born political activist lamented that fairly than observe worldwide greatest practices in giving Nigerians stimulus packages to cushion the cruel results of the present financial downturn, occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Authorities has chosen to intentionally inflict ache and impoverish Nigerians.
“The obligation of Authorities is to protect its folks, particularly the poor and susceptible inhabitants, from the cruel results of market forces and to not heap ache and anguish on them beneath the guise of full deregulation.
“Why have they chosen to extend the burdens of Nigerians fairly than lighten them?
Why have they chosen to provide Nigerians stones as a substitute of bread? Why have they chosen to provide Nigerians snakes as a substitute of fish?
“It’s harmful for the Federal Authorities to help a tiny cabal in preying on the folks so as to fulfill their ostentatious cravings,” Frank stated.
In accordance with him, the Federal Authorities needs to be conscious of political upheavals in Sudan and Mali following its form of anti-people insurance policies and actions.